Otis Bulldogs host semifinal Saturday

Otis High School’s football team will be at home one last time this season.
The No. 2 Bulldogs were at home the first two rounds, including last Saturday’s 61-18 romp past Branson/Kim on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
Otis, 10-1, gets to stay home again as the Bulldogs host sixth-seed Cheyenne Wells in the 6-man semifinals, Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Tigers, 7-5, are the only lower seed to win so far in the 6-man playoffs, surprising third-seed Granada 46-14 last Saturday.
The higher seeds get to host the semifinals, so Cheyenne Wells will have to hit the road again to Otis for Saturday’s showdown. The other semifinal has No. 1 Stratton hosting No. 4 Idalia. Stratton beat Sierra Grande 45-12 last Saturday, while Idalia knocked off fifth-seed Walsh 32-22.
The championship game will be next Friday, November 24, at CSU-Pueblo.
Otis’ only loss to date came against Stratton. Cheyenne Wells lost its first three games of the season, but comes to Otis on a four-game winning streak, and have won six of its last seven. In fact, the Tigers lost to Granada 58-24 in September before returning the favor in a big way last Saturday.
Otis enjoyed its second consecutive blowout win last Saturday against Branson/Kim, though it took a bit longer this time.
The Bulldogs led just 12-6 after the first quarter, but then blew it open with a 21-0 second quarter for a 33-6 halftime lead. A 28-12 second half, including 20-6 in the fourth salted away the victory.
They piled up 383 total yards, 257 rushing and 126 aerial yards.
Sophomore Mitchell Stivers has emerged as the go-to running back, going for 160 yards and three touchdowns on just eight carries. Erick Thorn had 47 yards and a touchdown on five carries, Tayte Smith 42 on six carries, Charlie Kendrick seven yards on two attempts, and Garrett Patterson a one-yard TD plunge. Otis averaged 11.7 yards per run.
Austin Hornung completed five of 11 passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns, while Thorn completed a 42-yard TD pass. Kendrick had three catches for 67 yards, Hornung caught Thorn’s TD pas, Thorn one for 14 yards and a TD, and Sawyer Packer a three-yard touchdown catch.
Sawyer returned a fumble for a touchdown, Kendrick had two interceptions, and Stivers and Packer one each. The Otis defense recorded six sacks. Bohden Klinzmann and Smith each were in on 10 tackles, Kendrick nine, Hornung five, Thorn five, Packer three, Gavin Price two, Cambric Klinzmann two, and Stivers and Aiden Knudsen one each.